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Kefalonia, a Greek Ionian island made famous as the setting for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, is characterised by breathtaking landscapes and clean, friendly towns. High cliffs, lush green forests and rugged mountains contrast with the calm azure sea to give Kefalonia a tropical feel. There is a great choice of cheap Kefalonia hotels and in Kefalonia car hire is convenient and affordable.

Hiring a Car in Kefalonia

With towns and sights dotted around the island and a very infrequent bus service, car rental in Kefalonia is strongly advised. There are numerous Kefalonia car hire dealers in the towns, especially in the island's main resort, Lassi and in Argostoli, the capital. Car ferries run to and from the mainland. One of the best places to get a great deal on car hire is Kefalonia airport where major chains mix with independent local providers.

Where to Hire a Car in Kefalonia

Hiring a car in Kefalonia is incredibly easy - in fact, you can pick yours up straight from the airport! After you've headed through baggage claim and walked through arrivals, you'll see plenty of car hire companies. Just outside of the airport there are also several other car hire companies - by booking your rental in advance, you can figure out exactly where to head as soon as you hit the tarmac. You'll also find several car hire pick-up and drop-off points in the island's major towns, like Sami and Argostoli, if you just want a car for a portion of your holiday, or for a day trip.

Places to visit in Kefalonia

Once you have organised your car hire Kefalonia is waiting to be explored. Melissani cave is a must visit, as is the Roman villa on the outskirts of Skala. Ancient vineyards and ruined villages can be explored by horseback. On the western corner of the island, the remote village of Atheras is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. Sami Beach and Myrtos Beach are both beautiful, but usually busy. More secluded beaches can be reached by boat from Agia Efimia. With so much to offer, cheap holidays in Kefalonia appeal to all tastes.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Kefalonia, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Kefalonia. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Kefalonia!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.